Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 80
    For those who experienced the bliss of the original arcade title, Golden Axe for Xbox Live Arcade is an essential addition to a collection- regardless of its longevity.
  2. If you’re a fan of the original Golden Axe, this is definitely worth a download, as it’s essentially the exact same game you played in the arcade. The combat is just as basic, the magic looks just as bad-ass, and the end boss is still frustratingly tough.
  3. 75
    Co-op play over Xbox Live greatly extends the game's lifeline, and its emphasis on using a degree of strategy and communication over much more frantic titles such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles provides a nice change of pace. Its charm will probably wear off after two or three times.
  4. It's enjoyable enough for a few go-rounds, especially in co-op mode, and that makes it one of the more endearing retro ports to hit Live Arcade. [Oct 2007, p.78]
  5. Much like a lot of the arcade games back then, Golden Axe is fairly short and doesn't have a lot of replayability, as every enemy will appear in the exact same spot every time you play, and there are no branching paths. But for 400 MS points, a classic brawler with functional online play is something that belongs in your Live Arcade library.
  6. Short but still ass-kickingly sweet! [Sept 2007, p.110]
  7. Between its unlimited continues and crusty looks, you're probably only going to be interested in this game if you liked it back in 1989.
  8. Golden Axe, then. Big, brutish, three-button sprite-based fantasy brawler with bags of nostalgic moments and inexplicable co-op charm: Yours to buy for the 39th time for just 400 points.
  9. There's online co-op available too, but, unlike Sonic's outing, we feel it would be hard pushed to attract many beyond-nostalgia hunters. [Issue#24, p.100]
  10. Hold out for infinitely superior "Streets of Rage 2." [Oct 2007, p.96]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 8, 2013
    I would have preferred to review the arcade version as that is when I first played this game. Still, the XBLA version is perhaps the most loyal port that is almost identical to the original game.

    With that said, it's still allot of fun, but today it does really feel dated. In the old days I would have rated this a 9, but my reviews are based on both my old and current opinions.

    Golden Axe is, and always will be a tireless classic. However, this game is perhaps best left as a nostalgic memory as the more I play it today, the less I think of it.
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  2. Jan 17, 2013
    Awesome game back in the day. Classic.
  3. MiguelG.
    Aug 24, 2007
    Nostalgia at its best. Nothing more, nothing less than the original. The "end-cut scene" is glorious in all its kitsch mood, and "cute" too. Brilliant in a very special way. Too bad its historical value is lost for the lack of a "proper" box, and box-art. Full Review »